hirasodegawara 平袖瓦
KEY WORD : architecture / roofing tiles
Also sekigai sodegawara 積蓋袖瓦. A broad, rectangular type of concave roof tile *hiragawara 平瓦. It is laid from the eave-ends *nokisaki 軒先, to the ridge *munagi 棟木, over the gable bargeboards *hafu 破風, to make a neat finish for the barge course *keraba 螻羽, usually on gable roofs *kirizuma yane 切妻屋根. Because all of these tiles are of the same shape, they can be used on both sides of the bargeboards. This method is employed especially on small temples or shrine gates and on some folk dwellings *minka 民家, and storehouses *dozou 土蔵. A tile with a pendant *gatou 瓦当, attached is used at the corner ends. This is called *hirasode kakugawara 平袖角瓦 (broad-sleeve angular tiles). These pendant tiles are used at the edge of the eave to complete the row of concave tiles and create a neat finish over the bargeboard of a small gable roof. Example: the recently erected rear gate, Uramon 裏門 at Nyoirinji 如意輪寺, in Nara.

*nokihiragawara 軒平瓦

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